By Alicia Dziak
June is fast approaching, which means sunshine, long days and lots of time outdoors. Lucky for you, Ellicottville is full of ways to get you out the door and enjoying yourselves. There’s so much to do, your biggest challenge will be fitting it all in!
Start the month off with a weekend outdoors. June 3-5 is Holiday Valley’s Cycling Weekend, a 3-day weekend of cycling fun for riders who will enjoy the ideal road riding routes around Cattaraugus County. For more info, visit holidayvalley.com and check out our cover story.
If you love mountain biking, take to the woods on Holiday Valley’s mountain biking trails. The 4-5 mile “race loop” starts at the Holiday Valley Training Center and goes up gradually to the top of Cindy’s. A new trail is being constructed from Spruce Lake across through the woods to Champagne, then it zigs and zags across the front ski slopes with big banked turns in the woods, and finishes near the Training Center.
June 4-5, the first annual Ellicottville Outdoor Expo will be held throughout the area at locations such as Holiday Valley and the Village Gazebo. Take part in yoga classes, mountain bike rides, fly fishing clinics and much more. For more info, see our cover story!
On June 18, get ready to get muddy at the fifth annual Holiday Valley Mudslide. This down and dirty race challenges runners to navigate 11 fun, not scary, obstacles. Choose from 3.5- or 5.4-mile distances, both ending at the famous mudslide down the base of Yodeler. Other highlights include a kids’ race and an after-party at the lodge. For more info, visit holidayvalley.com.
That same day is also Paddlefest at the Adventure Bound onthefly’s Demo Center pond. Learn about and try stand up paddleboards and enjoy some craft beer, live music and food. For more info call (716) 217-4047.
If it’s an adrenaline rush you’re after, don’t miss Sky High at Holiday Valley, where you can choose your own adventure. Head to the Aerial Park, where you can swing, climb and zipline from one platform to the next, making your way through numerous courses of varying difficulty. Or try the Climbing Forest, which is like a 3D version of a rock wall where participants try to make their way to the tops of the trees.
Don’t miss the Sky Flyer Mountain Coaster, where guests can ride up in their own “car” and then speed down the mountain on a winding track, controlling their speed all the way.
The Aerial Park, Climbing Forest and Mountain Coaster are all open Fridays through Sundays through June 12, after which they will be open daily for the entire summer.
Summer means swimming, and as the days heat up, there’s no better place to cool off than in Holiday Valley’s Pool Complex. The three-pool complex features a toddler pool, a lap pool and an activity pool with a slide and diving board, plus several multi-tiered sun decks. To add to the fun, there are even outdoor games along the deck, including ping pong, corn hole, “golf” shuffleboard and king sized Jenga.
The pools are open to the public Saturdays and Sundays through June 19, then daily beginning June 20. Hours are noon to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
What’s summer in Ellicottville without a round or two of golf? Head to Holiday Valley and experience an 18-hole par 70 Double Black Diamond golf course that’s challenging and well-maintained with breathtaking scenery from every hole. A driving range, lessons, pro shop and more also are available.
The end of May and Memorial Day mark the unofficial start of camping season, and there are many amazing destinations in the region for every style of camping, most notably Allegany State Park. At ASP, you can choose from hundreds of camp sites, cabins and full-service cottages. Bring your bike and take the paved path around Red House Lake. (If you don’t have one, you can rent one from the Red House Boathouse!) Hike miles of maintained trails. Explore Thunder Rocks and the Bear Caves. Bring your fishing gear and rent a boat to take out on Red House or Quaker Lake. No matter what memories you like to share while sitting around the campfire, there’s no shortage of outdoor fun to be had when camping at New York’s largest state park.
If day hikes are your thing, take a trek to Little Rock City, where you can explore huge rock formations. Or head to Griffis Sculpture Park and wander wooded trails dotted with giant sculptures. Or take a stroll through Ellicottville’s own Nannen Arboretum.
June in Ellicottville is all about revisiting your old warm-weather pastimes and discovering new ones. Get ready for a month of rising temps, sparkling sunshine and adventure around every corner!